Volunteers Clean Up Site for Veterans Resource Center


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Area veterans will soon have another place to turn to when they leave the military.

Dozens of volunteers continue to clean up the site on East 11th Street.

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It’s the future home of the Chattanooga Unite Veterans Resource Center.

They’ve been working on clearing the property since late August.

The center will be used to help vets with transitional housing and on-site counseling, among other things.

U.S. Navy Retired Captain Mickey McCamish says he looks forward to reaching out to more local veterans like himself.

“What we’re doing is we’re going out when they come off of active duty, and this will be a place to make that transition back into the community, so we’ll bring stability to the life of the veteran, and help them then become a part of the community,” McCamish said.

McCamish tells News 12 they’ll still have to maintain the site until construction begins within a year-and-a-half.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’